“Mindfulness in Infant Mental Health:  Who Are We, and Who Are We Called Upon to Be?” Trout photo


Spend a day exploring this fundamental question with a world leader in the field of Infant Mental Health, Michael Trout, MA, LCPC.  This one-day seminar is the first in our new series, designed to bring innovators in the field of child and family mental health to the Institute to present about and discuss a topic that is current to them.   

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Building Strong Relationships: A Workshop for Adoptive and Foster Families


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    Trauma-Focused Theraplay, Eliana Gil, Ph.D.Eliana Gil, Ph.D. has worked in the field of child abuse and prevention since 1973.  She is a prolific author, most recently Helping Abused and Traumatized Children:  Integrating Directive and Non-Directive Approaches (2011).

    "I cannot say enough about Theraplay.  You have to experience it.  You have to watch what happens to your clients when applied carefully and purposefully.  

    As an integrated clinician, I am eternally grateful for this wonderful technique, deceptively simple, amazingly accessible, and tested over decades with thousands of parent-child dyads.  Its application is without bounds, and my purpose here is to encourage clinicians to think about Theraplay as a therapy of choice for trauma and its subsequent clinical issues."



    Donaldson Adoption Institute considers Theraplay an Adoption Competent Specialized Treatment.

    The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s mission is to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption through sound research, education and advocacy that improves laws, policies and practices.



    Douglas Goldsmith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of The Children’s Center, a private not for profit agency serving the mental health needs of families with children under the age of 8 years.







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    The Theraplay Institute is pleased to partner with Dan Hughes, Ph.D. to bring his Level Two DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) training to Evanston, March 28-31. 2016. DDP is an family-based attachment treatment model used for relationship development and trauma resolutionRegister now!

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    2nd UK Theraplay Conference

    We are excited to announce the 2nd UK Theraplay Conference "Theraplay In Action" will be held September 11-12 2017 at the University of Leicester! Click here for more information

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